European Research: Georgios Katalagarianakis talks about EU Commission funding Scientific Research

Posted by – August 21, 2019

Georgios Katalagarianakis graduated as mining and metallurgy engineer from the National Technical University of Athens in 1976. He obtained a diploma on mechanical engineering from the University of Thessaloniki in 1989 and a PhD degree from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in 1998.

He has worked for ten years in the underground mining industry and the mineral resources authority of Greece before joining the European Commission in 1989 as administrator. He has been responsible for European research in the fields of mining and metallurgy, recycling, construction and maintenance of buildings and civil infrastructure, tunnelling, industrial safety and ergonomics, use of nanomaterials in buildings, etc. He is currently responsible for research in the area of nanotechnology safety.

Dr. Georgios Katalagarianakis is one of the founders and greatest influencers of the EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC). Dr. Gatalagarianakis retired from his role in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and the NSC honoured and thanked him for his long and invaluable contribution to the nanotechnology and nanosafety scientific community. The ceremony took place during the NanoSafe 2018 conference, which took place in November 2018 in Grenoble, France.

The ceremony was hosted by The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), organised by the NSC Dissemination Group with the help of the Nanotechnology Industries Association and presented by Prof. Iseult Lynch of the University of Birmingham.

The NSC is an initiative of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), which sponsors large nanotechnology and nanosafety projects through its European Frameworks.

The EU NanoSafety Cluster maximises the synergies between European-level projects addressing the safety of materials and technologies enabled by the use of nanoforms. The studied aspects include toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation.

Overall, Europe targets safe and sustainable nanomaterials and nanotechnology innovations. Cluster projects contribute to assuring environmental health and safety (EHS) of this Key Enabling Technology.

Filmed at the Nanotexnology Thessaloniki 2019 conference all my videos from this conference to be in this playlist: (this playlist will eventually contain all 38 videos I filmed at the conference) coverage sponsored by HOPE-A Hellenic Organic and Printed Electronics Association and OET Organic Electronic Technologies (OET booth: OET beach demo: sponsored by the Cornet project (GA: 760949) which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Call NMBP-07-2017